The pandemic has killed at least 3,543,125 people worldwide since the WHO office in China reported the onset of the disease at the end of December 2019, according to a report established by AFP from official sources Monday at 10:00 a.m. GMT.
After the United States (594,565 deaths), the countries with the highest number of deaths are Brazil (462,791), India (329,100), Mexico (223,507) and the United Kingdom (127,781).
These figures, which are based on daily reports from national health authorities, are generally underestimated. They exclude the upward revisions carried out a posteriori by certain statistical organizations.
By taking into account the excess mortality directly and indirectly linked to Covid-19, the WHO estimates that the real toll is “two to three times higher”.
Israel eases health restrictions, but remains closed to travelers
Israel on Tuesday relaxed a little more the health restrictions taken on its soil as part of the fight against Covid-19 but maintains drastic conditions for the arrival of visitors, announced the Ministry of Health. The Hebrew state, which has carried out a mass vaccination campaign, remains closed to non-nationals, except for those with exemptions for compelling professional or family reasons.
A fortnight, which ends only after the completion of a serological test proving vaccination or sufficient immunity, is imposed on any traveler arriving in the country.
Otherwise, the last daily restrictions have almost all been lifted.
Russia reopens air links with UK and several European countries
Russia announced on the night of Monday to Tuesday to restart its air links with the United Kingdom and several European countries, which had been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. Russia will also resume its flights with Austria, Hungary , Croatia, Lebanon, Morocco and other countries from June 10, according to the same source.
The suspension of flights to Turkey, a major tourist destination for Russians, who are several million to go there each year, remains however extended until June 21.
Peru has the world’s highest death rate after reassessment
Peru, which reassessed on Monday on the recommendations of experts the number of people who died from Covid, from 69,000 to 180,000, is now the country in the world with the highest number of deaths per million inhabitants, according to the classification established by AFP based on figures officiels.
In the midst of a health disaster, Brazil recovers the Copa América
Against all expectations, the organization of the Copa America, which begins in 14 days, was attributed to Brazil after the withdrawals of the Argentine and Colombian co-organizers for health reasons.
“Death Championship” with the mascot “Covidinho”: criticism quickly flared in Brazil where the Covid-19 has killed more than 460,000. The Brazilian government announced Monday evening that nothing was final yet.
EU and London still skeptical about the lifting of patents on anti-Covid vaccines
The European Union, Great Britain and Japan have maintained their reservation on a possible lifting of patents on anti-Covid vaccines before the WTO, a representative of this trade organization said on Monday.
Restaurants and cafes in Turkey allowed to accommodate customers
Restaurants and cafes in Turkey, which had been restricted to take-out since mid-April under pandemic restrictions, will be allowed to receive customers from Tuesday, the Turkish president said on Monday.
WHO will use Greek letters to name variants
B.1.617, B.1.1.7, B.1.351 … Retaining the scientific names of the Covid-19 variants is proving to be a real headache. But the WHO will simplify things by also giving them names of Greek letters.
France: vaccination for all adults
No more age or state of health criteria: the entire adult population of France has been eligible for vaccination since Monday, a “key step” to avoid a rebound in the epidemic while restrictions are gradually easing in this country.
Latvia: the public finally authorized for the Ice Hockey World Championship
Against all odds, spectators will be able to attend, in limited numbers, the Ice Hockey World Championship, which begins on Tuesday, the Latvian parliament said, provided they can prove that they have been fully vaccinated or that they have already been vaccinated. had the Covid-19.
WHO will strengthen
Members of the World Health Organization (WHO) adopted a resolution on strengthening the organization, after a week of debate.
Main issue of the meeting, the reform of the agency and its ability to coordinate the response to global health crises and prevent future epidemics dominated the debates, while the WHO and the international community were unable to prevent the pandemic of Covid-19.